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Why have authors from the safe, social welfare state Sweden captivated the minds of the crime fiction readers across the globe? Kerstin Bergman suggests that killer marketing and a widespread curiosità about the “exotic” Nordic welfare states, their waste landscapes and alleged gender equality, has propelled these authors and novels into the international spotlight. Bergman uses this innovative angle to retell the recent history of crime fiction in Sweden, exploring central themes and selecting key authors that have garnered national and international acclaim for their lethal plots. Swedish Crime Fiction: The Making of Nordic Noir contextualizes the explosive recent history of the genre, offering newcomers and aficionados insights into the minds of protagonista and their literary creators. This is the first research-based and exhaustive presentation of Swedish crime fiction and its Nordic “neighbours” to an international audience.
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  • PDF | 192 pages
  • Mimesis International (September 30, 2014)
  • English
  • 9
  • Literature & Fiction

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  • By tomjefferson on April 20, 2015

    Well-researched and insightful analysis into the development of Swedish crime fiction from its 19th century origins to internationally iconic figures like Henning Mankell and Stieg Larsson, providing interesting reading for scholars and students as well as fans seriously interested in cultural and historical background, most particularly how the police procedural became a vehicle for left-leaning writers to critique failures of the "welfare state utopian vision. The book advertises itself as presenting more empirical data than any similar study, which is clearly it's greatest strength. But Bergman's book definitely has its limitations. Despite the title's claim to examining the "making of nordic noir," it never does so except in a very superficial, and at times, dismissive terms. Indeed, she remarks at one place "nordic noir" is largely a misleading term since most of the most important works originate in a single nation Sweden. And unlike Stephen Peacock's book of the same title, Bergman never attempts to explore the interweaving constellation of fiction, television and film that constitutes the nordic noir cultural phenomena.

  • By weissliv on September 20, 2017

    This was a well-done and quick-reading introduction to the whole phenomenon of Nordic (esp. Swedish) crime fiction. It's useful on its own and for selecting what to read further. Spoiler alert: skip the pages on "Dragon Tattoo" if you want to read that book on your own!

  • By Dimitris Passas on March 7, 2018

    This book is a must-read for everyone who enjoys Scandinavian, and more specifically Swedish, crime fiction as it offers insights in the Nordic Noir genre and also the reader has the opportunity to observe the phenomenon from its very beginning till the recent boom in the international market with writers such as S. Larsson, Henning Mankell, C. Lackberg and others. The writer shares her detailed knowledge of the history of the genre and every chapter deals with a specific subject (e.g. the use of urban space in crime novels) in every Scandinavian country's (Iceland too) literature.I think that this book, along with Jakob Stougaard Nielsen's study and perhaps Barry Forshaw's attempts to explore the phenomenon, is on the top 5 of the scholarly study on Scandinavian Crime Fiction and even though Sweden is the country which is the centre of K. Bergman's attention, the reader will certainly learn a lot about the other countries too.

  • By Ashtar Command on February 22, 2017

    Think nothing special happened in Sweden last night? Think again...


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